After an uneventful drive back from Vermont and a brief stop back in Boston to pick up my lost mobile phone, I took over driving duties from Lizzie and we headed towards our next stop, Springfield MA. After an unremarkable night in a Red Roof Inn,  the next morning we headed out to Springfield bright and early to visit the Dr Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden… yes I know I am very sad. We were a little disappointed to find the Lorax almost completely buried in snow, but the area around the main cluster of statues was clear. We spent a rather cold half hour taking photos and posing by the various statues before returning to the car.

Do you like green eggs and ham?

Our next destination was Hartford, now, to be completely honest our entire knowledge of Hartford comes from the Gilmore Girls… Even though we had discovered a few days earlier that it is entirely filmed in California we still thought Hartford was worth a visit. Apart from Mark Twain’s house (who knew he lived next door to Harriet Beecher Stowe?) it was somewhat unremarkable, and really quiet. I should perhaps rewind a bit… we arrived and parked in an apparently free car park (according to the sat nav at least) before heading towards the town centre. Everything seemed closed, even the tourist information and welcome centre. At this point we were befriended (/accosted) by a local with very bad teeth who took us to JoJo’s coffee for the best coffee in Hartford, and after talking for about 10 minutes about the Royal Family wandered off and left us there. His advice did turn out to be useful and we caught the bus down to Mark Twain’s house. Admission was a little pricey, but I enjoyed the whole experience and the guided tour was very good (albeit not as personal as our one to one tour of Louisa May Alcott’s house). Once we had done the tour, wandered round the exhibits in the visitor centre we decided to walk back into the centre, via the park and the State House. Several photo opportunities later we returned to the car park to discover that not only was it not free… it was $10! After a bit of trouble pinpointing the exact location of our hotel we eventually got hold of them for directions. Our home for the night was the newly opened Days Inn in Southington, which on the outside looked like any other, as did the corridor, but the room itself would not have been out of place in a much classier establishment. Our mission for the evening was to find a laundromat, we really know how to have fun on a Saturday night! The local one was closed, but the very helpful receptionist at the hotel found us one a few miles away. Laundry done we settled in for a relatively early night.

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